Revelations, in a way

Revelations, in a way

[1] And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

He came by such unremarkable ways. He rose from the inactions of many, made his reputation on the misfortune of others. He played to peoples emotions, and when done cast them into the dark. He claimed to be all things to all men, and yet showed proof of none.

[4] And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

With adoration came his power. The adoration had nothing to do with his beliefs, and yet everything to do with them. His Christian claim, was one of doubt, tainted by hatred and blasphemy to all those he professed to be part of, and yet the faithful believed.

[5] And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

And the faithful followed blindly, adoring his every step, his every word. He spoke of Christianity, and yet followed the way of a non-believer. He spoke the words of love for the Jews, but yet held a deep resentment. He spoke the words only to be adored, and none of substance, and yet they followed.

[6] And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
[7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

He spoke of the power of God, and yet practiced the religion of non-faith, and silently showed support for the darker side of faith, one of hatred for all who were not like them. He promised a faith of the world, one united, and yet one without aim or compassion. He spoke to all nations when he felt the need of power over his own people, which he felt were not listening. He rallied the other nations to explain the greater good to his people.

[9] If any man have an ear, let him hear.

He preached the word to anyone who would listen, and the message evolved. The new message was that of reverence to the beast. The massive change happened slowly, at first they questioned, but soon they believed, one god, one religion, that of the beast.

[12] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The faithful joined hands with the non-believers and the transformation was well on its way. The faithful now slayed any that were not like them, and used the power of the beast to repel any attacks. One way, one worship, blindly following the master.

[14] And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

He deceived by false witness, using his power to cheapen the message. He denied all others not aligned with him, and sought to have them killed, the image was now solidified.

[15] And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

His power was now complete, the adoration was fulfilled, and the deception of the image was now in the hands of the 545 saints under his control. His destiny was complete, his followers were branded with his false deception, and their mark was….

[16] And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
[17] And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
[18] Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.